The Busy Bee Early Intervention Program
The Busy Bee Program for Children with Autism is a joint project of the Bayonne Board of Education, the Bayonne Medical Center, and the Simpson-Baber Foundation. It is an early intervention program specifically targeted to meet the needs of the growing autism population.
Housed at Bayonne Medical Center, it was the first early intervention program to unite the educational community, the medical community and the community at large to provide necessary, previously unavailable services to some of the most vulnerable members of our community — developmentally disabled young children.
Over nine years of operation, the Simpson-Baber Foundation has invested over $1.5 million in Busy Bee, maintaining the program without cost to the parents.
The Simpson-Baber Foundation and Busy Bee have been recognized statewide by the Association of Administration and Curriculum Development, the New Jersey Assembly, and the Russell Berrie Foundation. It has received national recognition from the Rosalyn Carter Institute, Major League Baseball, People magazine, and the New York Mets.
The Busy Bee Program uses behavioral analysis principles to teach individual goals in the areas of speech and language, learning readiness, socialization, self-help, and fine motor skills which are modified according to the age of the child. The program has a ratio of one student to one teacher/assistant.
Our youngest Busy Bee student was 11 months when he entered the program. The typical age of entry for children is 18 months to two years old. All students age out of the program by age three when they enter the public school system.